North Korean military parades: Propaganda, intimidation, unity

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"We're not going to give anything until North Korea does what it says", Andrea Thompson, undersecretary of state for arms control and worldwide security, told reporters in Washington.

The United States and North Korean flags may have come down at Capella Singapore, but the hotel still sees a steady stream of visitors looking to check out key locations from the Trump-Kim summit held in June this year. In the tweet, Trump thanked the leader and said that "we will get it done together".

Yet many USA officials remain skeptical, noting it was just last month that Trump abruptly canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plans to meet with Kim in Pyongyang because of a lack of progress.

The intelligence chief will visit Japan on Monday for a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and return home Tuesday.

So far, only one head of state, from Mauritania, is known to be visiting North Korea for the celebrations, something North Korea blames the United States for.

Matvienko earlier announced that she would deliver a letter to the North Korean leader from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Though there was no substantive progress in reducing North Korea's nuclear stockpile, North Korea has not appeared to test any missiles or nuclear weapons since the summit.

The development followed a recent halt in negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. Washington wants Kim to commit to denuclearization first, but Pyongyang wants its security guaranteed and a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War.

However, negotiations have stalled as the United States pushes North Korea to make a full account of its nuclear program as a step toward denuclearization. During his meeting with the South Korean envoys, Kim said an end-of-war declaration wouldn't weaken the U.S.

North Korean women dance in front of a display of their country's national flag in Pyongyang, North Korea.

ICBMs, which can reach the USA mainland - potentially carrying a nuclear warhead - are of huge concern internationally.

USA officials have previously said they have already made conciliatory gestures, such as halting joint military exercises with South Korea.

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A State Department official is confirming that Pompeo has the letter.

It is literally the embodiment of socialist ideals - North Korea's most ubiquitous slogan, seen in posters and beaming from neon signs from atop tall buildings, is "Single-minded Unity".

The divided Koreas technically remain at war as the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

"(Kim's message is that) he wishes for an environment that will allow him to feel that his decision to denuclearize was the right one".

"The United States shouldn't delay any further an end-of-war declaration, which the USA president promised at the Singapore summit", the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in an editorial.

"Let's start with the latest diplomacy between North Korea and the U.S".

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